FOURCROY, [Antoine François] de.

Elements of Chemistry, and Natural History. To which is prefixed The Philosophy of Chemistry. Translated from the fourth and last edition of the original French work, by R. Heron.

London: Printed for J. Murray and S. Highley…and G. Mudie and Son, Edinburgh1796

4 volumes, 8vo, with 10 folding letterpress tables in vol. 4 (no. IX bound in vol. 3), but lacking the contents leaves for vol. 1 and vol. 4 (see below). Contemporary calf mottled with green by C. Hering with his ticket, flat spines gilt with red morocco labels for titles and volume numbers, sides with double gilt fillet, inner gilt dentelles, marbled endpapers. Two joints and two heads of spines very neatly repaired, some surface loss on lower cover of vol. 3, a few other small abrasions, but a very attractive set. Engraved bookplate of William Downes on front pastedowns.

Fourth edition in English, Heron’s second translation of Fourcroy’s lectures on chemistry and natural history, but this time done from the fourth French edition with Fourcroy’s final text (Heron’s earlier translation of 1790 was from the third edition). To this edition Heron added notes, and a new translation of the Philosophie chimique. The contents leaves for vols. 1 and 4 were printed on different paper to the rest of the preliminaries, and were possibly an afterthought. At least one copy located by Cole also lacks the contents leaves for vol. 4. Cole 466. Neville I, pp. 467–478. Partington III, p. 537.IA. Smeaton, Fourcroy, pp. 8, 96–98 and 177–180; bibliography no. 13.


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